Local government in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP fields a strong local government team, advising a wide range of councils on various matters. The leisure sector is a focus - it advises local authorities on the development, procurement, and management agreements for their leisure projects. 'First-class practitionerPenny Rinta-Suksi leads the regional team, and is particularly notable for her work on leisure projects and housing partnerships. Employment specialist Rajiv Joshi also acts for several local government clients on employment issues, particularly regarding discrimination and TUPE.

Practice head(s):

Penny Rinta-Suski

Other key lawyers:

Rajiv Joshi


The team is extremely flexible and very commercially minded.’

They understand the clients needs and challenge when appropriate.

Penny Rinta-Suksi understands the commercial trade-off of the legal positions and advises accordingly.’

‘penny ultimately, she executes her clients instructions to perfection and always delivers.


Key clients

Reading Borough Council

Chiltern District Council

North Norfolk District Council

Fenland District Council

Thames Valley Police

Oxfordshire County Council

Tandridge District Council

London Borough of Merton

Test Valley Borough Council

Cherwell District Council

Dover District Council

Work highlights

  • Supporting Reading Borough Council on a design, build, operate and maintenance project covering four sites.
  • Supporting North Norfolk District Council on a large leisure project covering up to seven diverse sites (including one replacement new build, one new build and three dual use sites), utilising a leisure operating contract.
  • Represented Fenland District Council on a significant leisure management procurement.
  • Advising the London Borough of Merton on the successful outsourcing of its leisure services at the new Morden leisure centre.
  • Advising a local council  on the first Pasivhaus leisure centre in the UK.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is home to a multi-disciplinary team that provides a wide range of services to local authority clients, including advice on development projects, asset management and property litigation. The firm also advises local authorities on employment matters. James Lee and Miles Paffard are the key names within the practice, specialising in development and regeneration projects and property litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):

James Lee

Other key lawyers:

Miles Paffard

Key clients

Eastbourne Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Lewes District Council

Ashford Borough Council

Thanet District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Eastbourne Borough Council on all aspects of the purchase and redevelopment of Hampden Retail Park  and continue to be retained for the ongoing asset management.
  • Dealing with all asset management matters for Runnymede Borough Council’s Addlestone One development in Surrey.
  • Main advisers to Slough Borough Council in relation to its £1b regeneration of Slough.